Upper Broadway tends to be taken over by large groups of non-sober people going on bar crawls, but if you’re in the area and the thought of that makes you want to hide, head to Acme Feed & Seed, a four-story restaurant and bar located inside an old factory. The first floor features live music and a wide range of interesting bar food, while the second floor has a more upscale lounge and somewhat random sushi bar. The main reason to go to Acme though, is for the huge rooftop, which has one of the city’s best views of downtown. It’s a great spot for laid back day drinking or to stop by later in the night for more of a party-vibe with DJs upstairs and honky tonk dancing on the first floor.
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